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TMA regulations conference

TMA regulations conference

| May 28, 2014

The U.S. Tobacco Merchants Association will hold a one-day conference on June 16 at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia, about the Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations. The event will include legal, laboratory and other presentations, in addition to breakout sessions by product sector. For more information, visit www.tma.org or phone TMA at +1 609 275 4900.

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Huge e-cigarette potential in China

Huge e-cigarette potential in China

| May 28, 2014

About 500 representatives of the global e-cigarette industry are due meet at Shenzhen, China, in August to unveil new technologies and discuss how to improve safety and health standards, according to a piece by Yanzhong Huang published by Forbes Asia. Although the huge majority of e-cigarettes are manufactured in China, they are not popular on […]

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Malaysia cracks down on illicit sales

Malaysia cracks down on illicit sales

| May 28, 2014

Malaysia’s Customs Department officers have seized 131 million smuggled cigarettes since the launch of a nationwide operation in January, according to a story in the New Straits Times. The seized products were said to be worth MYR73.64 million in value and unpaid duties. Customs Director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said his officers had checked 2,618 […]

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Cigarette prices to rise in Cambodia

Cigarette prices to rise in Cambodia

| May 28, 2014

Cigarette prices in Cambodia are expected to increase from about $0.58 to about $0.64 a pack from July when taxes are due to rise, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. Taxes currently account for 20 percent of the retail price of a pack of cigarettes, but that is set to rise to […]

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Safety award for Imperial in Macedonia

Safety award for Imperial in Macedonia

| May 28, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Macedonia has won a national workplace health and safety award for the second year in a row. Imperial Tobacco TKS at Skopje was recognized by the Macedonian Association for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for demonstrating best practices. “This award comes as we mark almost four years without any lost time […]

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New Nepalese plant starts production

New Nepalese plant starts production

| May 27, 2014

Surya Nepal has started production at its new cigarette plant at Seratar in the district of Tanahun, according to a story in Republica. The company has invested NPR4.5 billion in the factory, which employs about 200 people and is set on 145 ropani (7.3 ha). Currently, the factory is running 16 hours a day in […]

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Low auction prices force growers to make illegal shift to contract selling

Low auction prices force growers to make illegal shift to contract selling

| May 27, 2014

Some of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers are diverting their crops to contract floors so as to earn higher prices than those being offered over the auction floors, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald. Officially, contract buyers purchase tobacco only from contracted growers, but some farmers not under contract are said to be using […]

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Andhra flue-cured auction prices soar

Andhra flue-cured auction prices soar

| May 27, 2014

Flue-cured tobacco prices have been soaring at auctions underway in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Northern black soils tobaccos were said to have touched a new high of INR168 per kg at the Thorredu auction platform. And Northern light […]

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Call for higher taxes in Asean countries

Call for higher taxes in Asean countries

| May 27, 2014

Regional tobacco control groups have called for higher cigarette taxation among Asean (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) countries and a crackdown on the illicit trade so as to reduce consumption, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. The call came during the Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade workshop held at the World Health Organization’s […]

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PM in Pakistan advertising ban challenge

PM in Pakistan advertising ban challenge

| May 23, 2014

Philip Morris International has filed a petition in the Sindh High Court, Pakistan, challenging a ban on tobacco product advertisements and promotions due to come into force at the end of this month, according to local news reports. One report in the Business Recorder, while not mentioning PMI by name, said the petition had described […]

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Possible MERS link with shisha smoking

Possible MERS link with shisha smoking

| May 23, 2014

The shisha café culture may exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries, according to an Arab News story quoting a senior physiology professor at King Saud University (KSU). Sultan Ayoub Meo, professor and consultant at KSU’s King Khalid University Hospital, said shisha smokers, along with their friends and […]

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Smokers could face two years in jail

Smokers could face two years in jail

| May 23, 2014

Two hundred and thirty-nine people were fined for smoking at bus stops in a recent crackdown conducted by the Malaysia’s health ministry, according to a story in The Star. Another 17 were said to have been caught smoking inside buses and, though the story didn’t mention it, presumably fined. “The operation was conducted in 2,317 […]

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Low prices despite Philippines’ sin tax

Low prices despite Philippines’ sin tax

| May 23, 2014

Despite the introduction of the “sin tax law” last year, the prices of cigarettes in the Philippines continue to rank among the lowest in the world, according to a story in the Sun Star quoting the results of a study. The so-called sin tax law (Republic Act 10351) was introduced in January 2013. At US$0.58 […]

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Reynolds Building sale announced

Reynolds Building sale announced

| May 23, 2014

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco said yesterday that it had sold the historic Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for $7.8 million to a partnership comprising the PMC Property Group and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. The building is to be converted into a mixed-use building comprising a “boutique hotel, restaurant and upscale apartments.” “From the beginning our […]

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RAI judged likely to acquire Lorillard

RAI judged likely to acquire Lorillard

| May 22, 2014

It looks increasingly likely that Reynolds American (RAI) will acquire Lorillard, according to a research note issued by Bonnie Herzog, managing director of beverage, tobacco and convenience store research at Wells Fargo Securities (WFS). In part, Herzog’s position is based on news reports that came out yesterday afternoon indicating that RAI was in “active discussions” […]

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E-cigarettes highly efficient quit aids

E-cigarettes highly efficient quit aids

| May 22, 2014

E-cigarettes are considerably more effective than over-the-counter treatments such as nicotine gum and patches at helping people to quit smoking, according to a story in The Independent quoting the results of a new study by researchers at University College London (UCL). One leading expert was quoted as saying it would be “perfectly reasonable” for the […]

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Trademark dispute over Blu e-cigarettes

Trademark dispute over Blu e-cigarettes

| May 22, 2014

Zippo Manufacturing Company (ZMC), maker of the Zippo® lighter, and its subsidiary ZippMark, said on Tuesday that they were suing LOEC Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lorillard, for alleged trademark infringement, according to a ZFC press note issued through PRNewswire. Zippo’s lawsuit, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, seeks […]

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JT to grant 11 Asian student scholarships

JT to grant 11 Asian student scholarships

| May 22, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it would grant scholarships to 11 students from Asia as part of its 2014 Asian Scholarship Program (ASP) for human resource development in the region. Aiming to promote international exchange and human resource development in Asia, the JT ASP was established in 1998 to offer financial support to Asian […]

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Zimbabwe prices down by 14 percent

Zimbabwe prices down by 14 percent

| May 21, 2014

So far this sales season, Zimbabwe’s average flue-cured price, at $3.18 per kg, is more than 14 percent down on that of the same period of last year, $3.71, according to a story in News Day. No explanation was given as to why the prices paid to farmers were down so dramatically. The latest figures […]

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Universal reports on challenging year

Universal reports on challenging year

| May 21, 2014

Universal Corporation yesterday reported net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, at $149.0 million or $5.25 per diluted share, increased on that of the previous year’s $132.8 million or $4.66 per diluted share. Segment operating income, which excludes certain one-off items, was $175.2 million, down by $57.6 million or 24.7 percent. The reduction […]

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Counterfeit Rizla booklets seized in China

Counterfeit Rizla booklets seized in China

| May 21, 2014

More than 1.2 million counterfeit Rizla booklets have been seized in China following an initiative led by Imperial Tobacco’s Group Security team. The illicit products (pictured) were captured during a series of raids by the authorities in the provinces of Guangdong and Jiangxi. “Lengthy investigations by Group Security into a number of smuggling networks targeting […]

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More smoking bans planned for Oman

More smoking bans planned for Oman

| May 21, 2014

The Muscat Governorate plans to extend a ban on smoking tobacco in public places, according to a story in the Times of Oman. The governorate is a region of Oman that includes the country’s capital, also known as Muscat. Smoking has been banned since April 2010 in enclosed public places such as shopping malls, cafés […]

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Smokers priced out of duty-paid market

Smokers priced out of duty-paid market

| May 20, 2014

The consumption in the U.K. of tobacco products that have not had U.K. duty paid on them is said to be on the rise again, according to a story by Guy Bentley for City A.M, quoting figures from HM Revenue and Customs. Non-U.K.-duty-paid (NUKDP) products accounted for 16 percent of the cigarette market during the […]

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Call for more hotels to go smoke-free

Call for more hotels to go smoke-free

| May 20, 2014

More hotels in Malaysia should be declared smoke-free in a bid to reduce the amount of secondhand smoke in public places, according to a story in The Star quoting the Health Ministry’s deputy director-general, Dr. Lokman Hakim Sulaiman. “There are a number of hotels where smoking is banned in the entire premises, and this is […]

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Warning over high-voltage e-cigarettes

Warning over high-voltage e-cigarettes

| May 20, 2014

High-voltage e-cigarettes might expose users to increased levels of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, according to research led by Maciej Goniewicz, Ph.D., Pharm.D., a researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at the U.S.’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The study was published online by Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Some e-cigarettes allow the user […]

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